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FAQs for the Historical Hysterical Storytelling England Tour - 2023
(All information and listings subject to change

My number ONE goal for everyone on this tour is to HAVE FUN!

How long is the tour?
  14 days on the ground (plus two days to travel to and from England)
What are the dates of the tour?
  Proposed - May 12, 2022 - May 27, 2023
Leave USA on Friday, May 12th - Arrive in Dublin the next day - Saturday, May 13th
Leave England Saturday, May 27 - Or stay longer if you like
What is the itinerary?
  The plan is to visit: London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge, & Dublin (subject to change) -
How many people will be in the group?
  We would like to keep the group small, 8-12 people. This will allow for ease of traveling, attendance at different attractions, and adequate attention for everyone in the workshop environment.
Can a non-teller come?
  Yes. Non-tellers, friends, spouses and partners are absolutely welcome to come and enjoy the experience, and will be encouraged (but not pressured) to participate in workshop activities.
How much will it cost?
The cost will vary - the current estimated total is approximately $33697 (This is 50% of normal cost)
NOTE: This is an estimate of what the entire trip will cost - PER PERSON.
Fees paid to me prior to the trip: approx. $2200 -
I will need a non-refundable deposit of $500 as soon as you decide to go on this tour.
Costs on your own: Airfare, Insurance, Food, Tips, Passport (Approx. $1400 - see below for more info)
The biggest expense while there, is impulse food, snacks and purchases (chotchkis) - the less you spend, the more you save
All pricing and estimates here are listed as US Dollars (all English £ prices have been converted to US dollars)
All pricing based on per person rates, double occupancy in hotels, dorm room bunk beds in hostels
Pricing may go up for a smaller group (4) or down if there are 10 or more in the group

A total of $2000 - This covers all accommodations, entry fees for scheduled attractions, train & travel between UK cities, Welcome Dinner, storytelling workshops/coaching, administrative and facilitation fees


Like everywhere around the world, prices have gone way up. Here is a SAMPLE of costs:

Breakfast - Eggs, Toast, Coffee - $6.00
(Hungry? A FULL English Bfast breakfast is bacon (more like ham or Canadian bacon), eggs, and sausages (also called bangers). The dish is usually accompanied by grilled tomato, mushrooms, fried onions, baked beans, black pudding or blood sausage, toast, and marmalade.) - $14.00

Lunch - Lots of optons - many "to take away options" like sandwiches, soup,etc. Around $6-8
Baked Potato - or "Jacket Potato"with cheese and toppings - $7.00

Dinner - Again, Jacket Potato or Grilled Chicken Dinner $12.00 - $18.00
Average - Figure about $25 -$40 per day for food. - It's up to you. (Buy an apple and some cheese)
Here is a link to a list of grocery prices in England (listed in POUNDS - remember, one British pound is worth $1.22 dollars)

Tipping - Tipping in London's restaurants It is customary to leave 10 to 15% of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), especially if you're in a large group, so it's worth checking your bill if you don't want to tip twice.

It's not customary to pay a tip (or 'gratuities') for fast food, self-service or takeaway meals. Many contactless or chip and pin payment machines have an option to add on a tip so you do not have to leave it in cash.

Top tip: Although restaurants (and other businesses) should make their policy clear, it's worth checking with your waiter that they will personally receive your tip rather than the company – particularly if you're paying by credit card.

Tipping in bars and pubs People generally do not tip in bars and pubs in London. Bartenders sometimes hand back change on a tipping tray, although it's still up to you to choose to leave a tip. WHen ordering from the bartender, it is common to give back a POUND and say "And one for you."

You are responsible for Airfare, Food, Tips (see below) and any other personal wants or needs.
Should the trip be cancelled for other reasons (war, acts of god), participants will receive a full refund of all monies paid to me - less any NON-REFUNDABLE fees (hotel, airfare, etc.).
    Airfares will be "on your own".
    The sooner you commit to the tour the better. Prices will only go up. (avg. airfare (1/17/23) $1200
    Airfares can run from $800 - $1500 depending on when and where you fly from, and when you purchase your ticket  
    I use - Latest fare check from Phoenix to Dublin: $1200

NOTE: When you do purchase your airline ticket, MAKE SURE you use the EXACT name you have on your passport!

What will the accommodations be like?
  We will be staying in some hotels (double occupancy).
There will also be Youth Hostels. Youth Hostels have “dorm” rooms (6-12 people) and bunk beds.
Some dorm rooms are “ensuite” with toilets and showers in the room.  Some dorm rooms have toilets and showers down the hall.
There may be options to upgrade to a 2 or 4 bed room at some hostels.
Passport Info

You must have a current Passport. The cost is $135. It takes about 4-6 weeks to get your passport after submitting your application. Most Post Offices accept applications, many FedEx offices also. It requires 2 standard photos.

If you do not have a current passport, you need to order one ASAP and ask for it to be expidited. There is s small fee, but you can usually get it in 3-4 weeks

Here is a link to the passport info page.
NOTE: Passports should be kept ON YOUR PERSON at all times, in a zippered pocket or a passport holder around your neck UNDER YOUR SHIRT. Do NOT keep your passport in any luggage or daypack. If you forget your pack somewhere or it is stolen, you are out of luck!


Travel and Medical Insurance is REQUIRED.
It covers almost every medical emergency and evacuation if necessary. The cost is minimal: $39 - pay on your own.
More info to come.

  Like many places, the weather in England can change rapidly. The average temperature for May is low=45, high=65-70. Rain is pretty much a constant way of life for the English. That being said, I have been there when the days were sunny and perfect, and I have been there when almost every day was rainy and cold. Come prepared for rainy and chilly!
One word - LAYERS! As the temperature and presence of rain can change in an instant, for warmth and comfort, layers are the way to go.
Two words - TRAVEL LIGHT! - Two more words - NO FASHIONISTAS!
TWO pairs of pants/slacks
THREE shirts/blouses
Undergarments - TWO to FOUR sets
TWO to THREE pairs of socks

Find material that is LIGHTWEIGHT and will WASH and DRY quickly. These can be found at most camping and hiking stores. Find lightweight polypro, nylon or silk for undergarments. Silk is the best insulator. Polypro "wicks" moisture away from the body. The same goes for "sweaters" or pullovers. Polypro is the way to go as it is lighter and thinner. Do NOT bring BULKY sweaters or coats. They take up too much room. Socks should be synthetic too as they will wash and dry easily.

It is best to bring ONE lightweight jacket that is waterproof (with a hood is preferable). A good set of gloves keeps your hands warm when chilly. Pants that have "zip off" legs that convert to shorts are great. Denim jeans are NOT great as they are not good insulators. Cotton or synthetic material for pants is the best. Again, these can be found at camping and hiking stores (and even thrift stores sometimes).

Most Hostels have laundry facilities, but one can also wash single items in a sink and dry with various methods of hangers, or wash in the sink and use the dryers for expediency. Or 2-3 people can combine stuff for one load of wash and dry.

  NO SUITCASES - BACKPACKS ONLY!!!!!!! ---- Pay attemtion here!

One medium size Backpack (30 - 40 litres)
This will be your main piece of luggage, carrying your clothes and toiletries. Make sure you can carry it comfortably between train stations and hotels. If your room is on the 2nd floor or higher, YOU will need to carry it, and often up the stairs if there is no elevator (lift).

Keep this as SMALL and LIGHT as you can. We will all bring backpacks on the plane (and it absolutely MUST fit in the overhead). This should only be as heavy as you feel you can carry on your back from the train station to the hotel (this will usually be less than a mile).

ONE small to medium size DAYPACK - Collapsible, lightweight. (10-20 litres)
This will be your daily pack. It should fit in the overhead, or under your seat on the plane.
Yes, you will want to carry this with you throughout the day. Why?
You will want to carry several items with you as we will be gone from the hotel/hostel for most of each day.
Jacket; gloves; sweater; tablet/laptop; all chargers/batteries, water bottle(s), snacks, band aids...
ANYTHING YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED during the day. If you buy something, put it in your pack.
As the weather changes, you will add or delete layers to accommodate.
(Some attractions, like the cathedrals, often require you to check any packs)

Ladies, a large purse is not recommended. Small "clutch" purses. If you must carry a purse with a strap, make it as small as possible with a good, sturdy strap worn across your chest (NOT just over the shoulder) - or even carry it inside your daypack or fanny pack.

Phones, Tablets, Internet

Check with your cell phone carrier to learn about your phone in Europe. Many have special plans. I have and like T-Mobile. You can buy a generic phone there and use the internet to call home with Zoom or Skype. Texting is the cheapest. There is Wi-Fi in most places that is strong enough...or internet cafes for a small fee.

If you have a (one or two) small/lightweight "foreign plug" (from UK to US - don't need a converter for electricity, just the plug) If you don't have one, it is possible to buy one for 1 Pound or one Euro at Poundland.

Other options: TEMU has an adaptere for $1.50
If you get this, I suggest a 3-way plug
Click here

Amazon has a great ($12) item: Adapter with three elec plugs and two USB ports for charging
Click here

What to bring

Bring a small amount of U.S. cash Use the bank ATMs to withdraw more cash. (Check with your bank and/or CC company to see what fees they charge) Bring a water bottle (if possible, with a caribiner to hang on a loop). A small first-aid kit, bandaids, antiseptic, Q-tips, gauze.

What NOT to bring
Don't bring foreign currency. Don't bring HEAVY stuff.

More information and specifics as we get closer to the actual dates.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me: 602-390-3858 -